On 25 January 2020, NHS England Chief Executive Officer Sir Simon Stevens announced that NHS England and its staff will increase action to tackle the climate ‘health emergency’ this year, as he launched the ‘For a greener NHS’ campaign.
The campaign aims to prevent illness, reduce pressure on accident and emergency services and potentially save tens of thousands of lives. It is estimated that the health and care system in England is responsible for 4-5% of the country’s carbon footprint.
The causes of air pollution and climate change are often the same, so the campaign aims to address both issues. The campaign follows the launch of the Climate Assembly UK, which is discussing how the UK can best reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero.
Source: NHS England, 25 January 2020